Berlin, 16 October 2009 Press release

High Austrian decoration for Professor Dr. Julius Schoeps

Historian Julius Schoeps receives the Austrian Cross of Honour

Berlin, 16 October 2009 – At a formal reception held by the Austrian Embassy in Berlin, Austrian Ambassador Dr. Ralph Scheide presented Professor Dr. Julius Schoeps with the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, First Class. The guests included numerous representatives from the world of art and academia.

As head of the Moses-Mendelssohn Centre in Potsdam, Julius Schoeps has earned outstanding credit for his research in the field of Jewish history, religion and culture, helping to adjust the distorted picture of Jews and Judaism through intensive cooperation with the media as well as further training and continuing education measures. The Potsdam-based Moses-Mendelssohn Centre for European Jewish Studies is an academic institution based on interdisciplinary work that is active in fundamental research in fields such as history, religion and social policy.

Between 1993 and 1997 Prof. Dr. Julius Schoeps was founding director of the Jewish Museum of the City of Vienna. During his leadership he organised 44 important exhibitions in Vienna. “The Viennese Yearbook for Jewish History, Culture and Museums” was also launched during this time.

Professor Dr. Schoeps is also renowned for his numerous publications and his work as an organiser and/or co-organiser of various academic conferences on German and Austrian themes in Vienna and Berlin/Potsdam. He is the author of academic studies on the difficult relations between Prussia and Austria during the German Confederation around the middle of the 19th century, and he also published the letters and diaries of Theodor Herzl, the Viennese journalist and founder of political Zionism.

 Professor Julius Schoeps was born in Djursholm, Sweden. From 1974 to 1992 he was professor of Political Science at Duisburg University and held visiting professorships in Budapest, Tel Aviv, New York, Seattle, Oxford and at Berlin’s Humboldt University. He has been professor of recent history and Director of the Moses-Mendelssohn Centre for European Studies at the University of Potsdam since 1992. From 1993 to 1997 he was founding director of the Jewish Museum of the City of Vienna.


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